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ROLL-CALL: Bill Johnson

  Hebrews 11 has been called the “Roll-call of Faith.” The writer takes a whistle-stop tour through the Old Testament, pointing out some of the truly amazing people in Jewish history who exemplified what faith in God really looked like. … Continue reading

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Eye-witnesses

I wonder how you remember things? Some things seem lodged in my brain, crystal clear and pristine. Others, …uh, less so. Recently, I recounted a very early memory to my brother -an event that we had both witnessed- only to … Continue reading

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“Do everything without complaining…”

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.” In his classic book, Games People Play, psychiatrist Eric Berne  said that one of the most frequent  of  human pastimes is a game he called, … Continue reading

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If Jesus didn’t eat with sinners, I would still be lost and hungry

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”” (Luke 7:34) The first thing to say is that if you think this famous verse … Continue reading

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Living the Jesus Way (Luke 6)

The Jesus Way of living -as outlined in Luke 6- is extraordinary. In the familiar line by G.K.Chesterton:  “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” Luke 6: 27 begins: … Continue reading

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Tenderhearted

There’s an interesting addition in Ephesians 4:32. It’s an adjective: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted…” We may easily gloss over it without really reflecting on its importance. Here’s the thing: it’s quite possible to be professionally kind,  calm cool … Continue reading

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Containing the New Wine? (Luke 5)

“Comparisons are odious.” It’s a very old English phrase which means that you can’t compare things that are different. To compare them, they have to connect in some way. “I like cheese, but I dislike jam” makes sense (in a … Continue reading

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